The Clark Howard Podcast

The Clark Howard Podcast

Save more and spend less is more than just a motto for money expert Clark Howard; it’s a way of life. Clark and his crew — Team Clark — are on a mission to empower people to take control of their personal finances by providing money-saving tips, consumer advice, hot deals and economic news to help everyone achieve financial freedom. Clark is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and a consumer reporter for television stations around the country. His podcast, The Clark Howard Show, receives more than one million downloads each month and is a hub for listeners to get valuable advice on-demand any time. Clark answers questions on the most popular business and consumer topics including; how to buy a cars, financing a home, retirement planning, shopping for insurance and getting the most out of your savings. Join the conversation and submit your question to www.clark.com/askclark . Clark spearheads two free resources — Clark.com and ClarkDeals.com — to encourage consumers to save more, spend less and avoid ripoffs.

Episodes

April 15, 2024 36 mins
Clark discusses filing an extension and what to do if you don’t have the money to pay income taxes. Also, many of us are dealing with sky-high valuations of our property, and Clark has a personal story to tell. Filing A Tax Extension: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Property Tax Appeals: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Tax return extensions: Why you should (or shouldn't) do it and how to request one Whe...
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Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. And today Clark revels in listener reprobation for his rank, malodorous missteps on a slew of topics - for the entire podcast. Ah the smell of it!   Mentioned on the show: Best Rewards Credit Cards: Top Picks for 2024 Reps demand answers to U.S. Postal Service delays across state, country Want To Guard Your Privacy Onl...
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Today Clark shares an important warning for anyone who has a relative or friend in a nursing home, assisted living, hospital or any other medical facility. Also - Self-checkout seemed like a great idea, until stores realized how much theft was occurring. Expect to see some changes in this area.  Medical Facilities Payment Scheme: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Retail Self-Checkout: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on ...
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The membership business model has overtaken retailers large and small. Clark compares offerings from Target, Walmart, Amazon and 2 warehouse clubs, with a directive for consumers. Also, as if timeshares aren’t bad enough, organized crime is now getting into the resale scam game. Retail Memberships: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Cartels Target Timeshares: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Barrons: Delive...
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During the pandemic, many people decided to buy or adopt a dog. Due to changing circumstances, many former “pandemic puppies”  are now in need of homes, presenting an opportunity for would-be pet owners. Also today, scams have morphed over the decades and exploded with technology. It pays to be savvy to the latest permutations of tech imposter scams. Pandemic Puppies Fill Shelters: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Tech Scams: Seg...
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Much in the news lately - houses overtaken by squatters, or stolen through title theft. Clark discusses which homes are most vulnerable and what to be aware of as a homeowner. Also today, why credit card rewards are not always worth it. Clark discusses how reward cards work, and what it takes to reap the benefits.  Anti-Squatter Statutes: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Credit Card Rewards: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Menti...
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Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also in this episode, a handful of automakers are selling their customers down the river and it’s an inexcusable invasion of privacy that impacts insurance premiums.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Automakers Selling Driving Data: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Si...
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With more employers saying they no longer require a college degree for employment, Clark discusses the importance of a college education for your career long-term. And for the 2/3rds of adults without a degree, Clark shares valuable occupational tools. Also, relief is in sight, as price cutting from 2 major retailers may influence the market overall.  College Degrees And Employment: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Retailers Annou...
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The percent of income we save, our savings rate - is the key indicator of financial health. So how are we doing right now? Also - How much exercise do you really need to make a difference in your health, and ultimately your wallet? Only 25% of Americans get the recommended amount of exercise. New data reveals what a big difference the minimum requirement can make for those who are mostly sedentary. American Savings Rates: Segment ...
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The U.S. has become the world’s premier oil producer. As we plan our summer road trips, Clark explains how this status along with global factors affect gas prices. Also, how developing technology in vertical farming can cleanly help feed the planet. Summer Gas Prices: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Vertical Farming Solutions: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: U.S. government tells Americans: ‘We’re produ...
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Clark discusses the risks you face with security cameras in your home. Also in this episode, Clark has talked about how to hire a financial planner, but what about becoming one yourself? There’s now a greater demand for financial planning services with jobs in this field expected to grow in the next decade. Security Cameras & Your Privacy: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Financial Planning Careers: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4...
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Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today, Recent data proves the point: You CAN achieve financial independence, habitually building reserves by living on less than what you make and investing wisely. Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Financial Independence: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Your money could fall into the wrong ha...
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You may have heard about Wendy’s experimenting with “surge” pricing. This was a miscommunication about dynamic demand pricing. Clark explains. Also today, Clark discusses when you should NOT trust AI and what to know about Google search results.  Dynamic Demand Pricing: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 AI’s Troubled Infancy: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Surge Pricing Is Coming to More Menus Near You - ...
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Clark has news for parents and grandparents saving for a child’s college education. Also in this episode, reversals in the auto industry are landing many existing car loans underwater. What to do if you are upside down in a car loan. 529 Plan Update: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Upside Down Vehicle Loans: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Use the 529 Grandparent Loophole to Maximize College Savings Bes...
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In medicine today, there’s ongoing conflict between insurers and providers and we’re caught in the middle. This necessitates a clear directive for you before you go to any doctor appointment. Also -  In free enterprise capitalism, what is core and key for enduring success?  Clark shares a case in point. Assignment: Reverify Medical Network: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 A Requirement For Success: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment ...
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U.S. real estate commissions have been roughly triple those elsewhere in the developed world. Clark explains how recent settlements in the industry will actually play out over time in terms of commissions. Also in this episode, Clark shares new cruise booking insights based on a recent experience. Real Estate Commissions: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Summer Cruise Deals: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show:...
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Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today - The travel industry can be unstable. Another cruise line recently shut down. Know Clark’s number one rule for booking travel and protecting your money. Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Travel Booking Rule: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Google Fi Wireless: My Experience as a Five-Ye...
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This Special Edition features Wes Moss, host of the Retire Sooner Podcast. Wes is a fiduciary fee only planner, who shares his investing expertise on a range of topics, including listener questions submitted at Clark.com. Warren Buffet & An Overvalued Market: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Stocks & Funds: Decisions: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Wes Moss - Retire Sooner Read Warren Buffett's 2024 ann...
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After the economic turmoil of the past 15 years, many workers struggle financially which affects their well-being and productivity. Clark discusses how employers are addressing this. Also, a huge financial drain on so many, long-term care, is becoming increasingly tougher to insure.  Small Business Retirement Plans: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Long-Term Care Insurance: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: ...
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In researching auto insurance, Clark has discovered some stats about the wide cost differences between various companies that will motivate you to shop auto insurance at renewal time if you're in bill shock. Also, have you noticed car washes popping up all over where you live? Learn what the deal is so you don’t get hosed.  Shopping Auto Insurance Pays: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Car Wash Subscriptions: Segment 3 Ask Clark:...
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